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07/13/2004 10:57 PM ET
All-Star entrances prove dramatic
Players walk among the fans when introduced
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Barry Bonds walks atop the dugout and among the fans as he is introduced for the 2004 All-Star Game. (Pat Sullivan-Pool/Getty)
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HOUSTON -- Muhammad Ali wasn't the only star athlete making a dramatic entrance Tuesday night.

For the first time, at least in recent All-Star Game memory, members of the AL and NL starting lineups came down through the stands and on top of their respective dugouts instead of up from the dugout to take the field as they were introduced. The move allowed the players to be seen out in the open among the fans in the aisles and back along the concourse as they waited for their spot to be called.

"We'd never done it before, going through the stands," AL starting shortstop Derek Jeter said. "I thought it was a nice thing to do."

Any reaction from people in the stands?

"Yeah," Jeter joked. "Similar to the reaction in Boston."

2004 All-Star Game

The change was limited to each leagues' starters. AL and NL reserves were introduced as usual, standing side by side along the respective base lines.

Hometown Astros starters Lance Berkman and Jeff Kent received enthusiastic ovations, but nothing compared to what NL starting pitcher Roger Clemens heard when his name was introduced as he warmed up in the home bullpen.

Other warm receptions included Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder and Houston native Carl Crawford, who smiled as he was introduced among the AL reserves in his first career All-Star appearance.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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